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UFC Nashville: Wonderboy vs Pettis - Mar 23 🇺🇸

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Saturday 23rd March in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s Wonderboy vs Showtime...

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ESPN+ MAIN CARD
Stephen Thompson vs Anthony Pettis 

Curtis Blaydes vs Justin Willis

John Makdessi vs Jesus Pinedo 

Jussier Formiga vs Deiveson Figueiredo 

Steven Peterson vs Luis Pena 

J.J. Aldrich vs Maycee Barber

 

ESPN+ PRELIMS
Bobby Moffett vs Bryce Mitchell 

Frankie Saenz vs Marlon Vera

Alexis Davis vs Jennifer Maia

Randa Markos vs Angela Hill

Chris Gutierrez vs Ryan MacDonald 

Eric Shelton vs Jordan Espinoza 

 

Decent. Nothing amazing but there’s definitely stuff worth checking out there. 

 

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So Wonderboy Thompson vs Anthony Pettis headlines. Bit of an odd piece of matchmaking and it came out of the blue but I like it. It’s just a thrown together fun fight really. There aren’t really any stakes and neither man are in the immediate title hunt having both lost last time out in contender fights. We haven’t seen Wonderboy since he lost that ridiculously close decision to Darren Till in Liverpool last May. He picked up a knee injury in the fight, which is the main reason he’s been out. But also, he’s had a couple of proposed fights fall through. He says he was being lined up to face Robbie Lawler and Santiago Ponzinibbio at different points but neither materialised. Pettis is moving up to 170 for this, which seems strange and random but I think it’s a one-off because he likes this particular matchup with Wonderboy more than anything. He’s talked about really wanting this fight to test himself as they’re both from traditional martial arts backgrounds - Thompson with the Karate/Kickboxing and Pettis with the Taekwondo. I don’t think Pettis is looking to stay at welterweight, especially with his teammates Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren firmly in the title mix. This is just a fight that appealed to Pettis and with him losing to Tony Ferguson his last time out in October, he’s not getting a title shot at 155 anytime soon so why not?

Good fight. Like with any Wonderboy fight though, it could be a tactical chess match. I could see him and Pettis ending up waiting on each others’ next move all night like the Thompson vs Till fight and both playing the counter game. But it’ll be a fascinating clash and both have the ability to end it in a heartbeat if the other slips up. 

 

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Curtis Blaydes vs Justin Willis is OK. Didn’t exactly fill me with joy and excitement when it was announced but it’ll do. Blaydes is looking to rebound here. He was on a great little run with wins over Alexey Oleynik, Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem but then he ran into Francis Ngannou in their rematch in November, and got done in 45 seconds. He’s 10-2-1 now with the only losses coming against Ngannou. Willis is 31 years old, 8-1 record and fights out of AKA so he’s on the mats with Cormier, Cain, Rockhold, Khabib etc on a daily basis. Went relatively unknown until his last fight where he decisioned Mark Hunt on December’s Adelaide show. Looked alright but nothing mind blowing. 

 

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Alexis Davis vs Jennifer Maia is just there. Davis is a strong grappler and was a top contender at one point with wins over Tonya Evinger, Sarah Kaufman, Julie Kedzie, Shayna Baszler, Rosi Sexton, Jessica Eye and Liz Carmouche. She also holds a TKO victory over Amanda Nunes from their Strikeforce days. Alexis Davis was legit. But these days she’s mostly remembered for being on the wrong end of Ronda Rousey’s 16 second titty-jiggling KO in 2014. Since then she took time out to have a baby and has had very mixed results since coming back. She’s 34 years old now, with a 19-8 record and is coming off a points loss to Katlyn Chookagian. Maia is 30 years old, 15-5-1 and 3-0 as a pro boxer. She fights out of Chute Boxe and has notable wins over Roxanne Modafferi, Vanessa Porto and Jessica Andrade. She was the Invicta flyweight champion but lost her UFC debut against Carmouche in July. 

 

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John Makdessi vs Nasrat Haqparast could be quality. I’ve always liked watching Makdessi. He’ll never be in the title hunt but for where he is on the card he’s good value. Really good striker. Haqparast is 23 years old, German, 10-2 record out of the Tristar gym. I remember he looked  impressive in his last fight against Thibault Gouti in October. Real potential there, he’s more than just a Kelvin Gastelum doppleganger. Quite looking forward to seeing how he matches up with an experienced and technical striker like Makdessi. 

 

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I’m giving Jussier Formiga vs Deiveson Figueiredo the ***WAND’S ONE TO WATCH*** treatment for this one. This is one of those fights that’s flying right under everyone’s radar but I think it could be an absolute corker. Formiga is underrated and has been a bit of a darkhorse in the flyweight division for some time now, IMO. He’s a BJJ and Judo black-belt, 22-5 MMA record and comes into this one off 3 wins over Sergio Pettis, Ben Nguyen and Ulka Sasaki. He’s also beat Dustin Ortiz, Wilson Reis, Zach Makovsky and Scott Jorgensen. He’s no joke. His only losses were all to top guys at the time too. He’s in with fellow Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo. An unbeaten fighter at 15-0 with 13 finishes. He’s 4-0 in the UFC with 3 finishes. I wasn’t especially familiar with him but I saw his last fight and he looked like an animal beating down John Moraga and stopping him. He was all over Moraga and really put on a display. One of those performances that makes you sit up and take notice. I love this fight because Formiga will be a serious step up for Figueiredo, but it doesn’t feel like they’re rushing Figueiredo into it either. It seems like the perfect test for him at this stage. Should be an excellent fight as well. 
 

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J.J. Aldrich vs Maycee Barber could be good. Aldrich is 26 with a 7-2 record. Black-belt in Taekwondo, brown-belt in BJJ. Is close friends and one of the main training partners of Rose Namajunas. She hasn’t blown me away from what I’ve seen so far but she is coming off 3 UFC wins in a row over Polyana Viana, Danielle Taylor and Chan Mi-Jeon. Maycee Barber is the big prospect here though. She’s only 20 years old, 6-0 with 5 finishes. Made her UFC debut in November and totally battered Hannah Cifers to a bloody pulp. Really put a beating on her like you rarely see from a flyweight woman. Aldrich should be a trickier test for her though, so this is an interesting one. 

 

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Bobby Moffett vs Bryce Mitchell doesn’t do a great deal for me but could be alright. Moffett is 14-3 and is coming in off that controversial submission win over Chas Skelly in November. Mitchell was on Team DC on the Cormier vs Miocic season of TUF. He lost on the show but as a pro he’s 10-0 officially. He’s been out a bit though because he ”ripped his nutsack in half” with a drill while doing some DIY at home. Seriously. Fuck knows. Not the brightest bulb. 

 

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Steven Peterson vs Luis Pena I’m going in half blind on. Peterson isn’t really ringing any bells with me, can’t recall seeing him fight and looking at his record none of it is jogging my memory. He’s 17-7 overall and 1-1 in the UFC. Pena I’m a little bit familiar with as he was also on the DC vs Stipe TUF last year. He’s 23 years old, 5-1 with 5 finishes and he’s a pretty huge featherweight at 6’3”. 

 

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Randa Markos vs Angela Hill is another battle of ex-TUFers. These two were on the all strawweight season back in 2014. Randa did well on that and was the darkhorse of the season but has floundered ever since. At one point she went 11 fights in a row alternating between wins and losses. She snapped that odd streak last time out by going to a majority draw with Marina Rodríguez. Hill has also had mixed results but I mostly remember her for her fucking awesome fight with Jessica Andrade a couple of years ago. If you haven’t seen it, trust me, it’s well worth firing up the old Fight Pass for. So yeah, a nothing fight but could be decent. Randa’s grappling vs Hill’s striking will likely be the story. 

 

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Frankie Saenz vs Marlon Vera was meant to go down at 235 but was scrapped last minute when Vera fell ill. Glad it’s been quickly rebooked because it should be a good little scrap. Saenz got on most MMA fans radar for his valiant losing effort against Urijah Faber a few years back but he’s been hit and miss since then so wasn’t able to capitalise on the momentum. He’s won his last two now though so hopefully he can make a bit of a run of it. Vera’s also won his last two and has gone the distance with John Lineker. He’s probably mostly remembered as the man who retired Brad Pickett though. 

 

Solid little card actually, to be fair. 

Edited by wandshogun09

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The UFC should have gone with Willis/Tuivasa here. They'll still probably do that next but thats a fight that needs to happen.

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Am I the only one who sees the Wonderboy vs Pettis fight as a bit of a mismatch? Take away the obvious difference in size, with Thompson being a big welterweight and Pettis actually managing to make 145lbs not that long ago, but Pettis got absolutely smashed by Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier, and Max Holloway. 

I know Thompson may not be on their level pound for pound, but he's a similar fighter and he'll likely hit a lot fucking harder. 

Can't help but see this as Pettis desperately looking for somewhere new to go having lost four of his last six at 155lbs since dropping the title. Obviously 145lbs didn't work, and I don't see him having much success at 170lbs either.

Nothing much else really jumps out at me as a "must see" but it'll be worth watching nonetheless.

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So, this is happening this weekend. The fallout of London has kind of overshadowed it a bit, but it's an interesting card even if it's not "must-see" by any stretch.

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On 3/5/2019 at 9:01 AM, David said:

 

Can't help but see this as Pettis desperately looking for somewhere new to go having lost four of his last six at 155lbs since dropping the title. Obviously 145lbs didn't work, and I don't see him having much success at 170lbs either.

 

Both Pettis brothers could be accused of doing the same thing. It feels like they believe going to a new division whipes clean the losses, they are bouncing all over the place.

Its a quality stylistic fight though, hopefully they get flashy in there and deliver. Cant help but feel the size difference will be the difference though. Wonderboy by TKO in 4 or 5. 

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Is it just me, or does anyone else think that Brett Okamoto has really come into his own since the ESPN deal was signed? The fanfare was made over Ariel switching over to ESPN, and he's done a great job as well, but Okamato seemed to fly under the radar. 

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That’ll probably be because Okamoto was with ESPN anyway. Just quickly googled and it seems he’s worked for ESPN since 2010. He’s been good for a while to be fair. You wouldn’t see his stuff like you would a Helwani, Luke Thomas, John Morgan or whoever but whenever he’d tweet breaking news or a fight announcement or something you’d know it’s reliable. But yeah, this UFC/ESPN deal means he’s getting more play on the platform and his work is getting much more coverage. I’ve really enjoyed his stuff so far since the start of the year. He also did a great thing with Ben Askren and Chael Sonnen on trash talkers in MMA/Boxing, a really good 30 minute interview with Ben Askren on UFC 235 fight week and a good one with Darren Till in London. He’s excellent at what he does. We’ve all been sleeping on him really. 

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I don't tend to read or watch many MMA interviews or reports, but yeah, Okamoto is someone who I've been noticing a lot more in terms of output whenever I'm browsing through social media. He was cropping up a lot at UFC 235 as well with the whole presentation side and I thought he did a great job with that.

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